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Gimme the Khalid Mohammed Shake and a Side of Fries

If the 9/11 terrorists (and murderers of Daniel Pearl, don’t forget) want to spend their last days on earth acting out a farce more absurd than Noises Off, don’t they have that right? Say, in lieu of a last meal (which they’ll never finish digesting anyway).

You don’t have to be a mind reader to figure out the propaganda strategy of September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the four other terrorists who were arraigned Saturday in a 13-hour spectacle in Guantanamo Bay. The idea is to use the open military trial to promote jihad and discredit American institutions, including the military system of justice.

The point to keep in mind is that this would have happened no matter the trial venue, civilian or military. The critics who have never liked military tribunals and accused them of being a form of railroad justice are now blaming them for being so unruly that they give terrorists a chance to act out. Well, which is it?

The real fault lies with the terrorists, who hope to put American justice on trial instead of themselves. The defendants refused even to look at Judge James Pohl, much less to answer questions or wear headsets to hear the simultaneous translation into Arabic. There were unscheduled prayers and a paper airplane. Ramzi bin Al Shibh commented in English that “Maybe they will kill us and say we have committed suicide.”

Sad to say, they were helped by some of the military defense lawyers, who know they can make a name for themselves by putting the Bush Administration’s detention policies on trial. KSM attorney David Nevin said in a press conference that “The government wants to kill Mr. Mohammed. They want to extinguish the last eyewitness to his torture so he can never speak again.” Sure, 9/11 was one giant cover-up.

The terrorists deserve a zealous defense under our adversarial trial system, but the lawyers’ efforts to defend their clients not by any evidence of their innocence but through political attacks on the procedural detail of military tribunals does a disservice to the victims and to their military peers.

The decision by Cheryl Bormann, the lawyer for Osama bin Laden bodyguard Walid bin Attash, to come to court in a black hijab and abaya and urge other female prosecutors to do the same was beyond any reasonable definition of what’s necessary and proper for women working in a U.S. military courtroom.

The professional female lawyers and members of the U.S. military should cover themselves, she said, so that the suspects wouldn’t be in “fear of committing a sin under their faith.”

To hell with that. I say the lawyers should be required to wear stilettos, sequined hot pants, and nothing on top but a push-up bra. And that’s just the guys!

This is America, baby, love it or leave it. To some of us, the Statue of Liberty is just a big dominatrix: “You’re tired! You’re poor! You’re nothing but a huddled mass yearning to breath free, you pathetic excuse for an American.” Crack! (You can’t truly appreciate liberty unless you’ve been in bondage, I always say.)

It’s not like the Gitmo Five haven’t seen their share of infidel flesh. Didn’t Mohammed (that name again!) Atta and his crew hit every titty bar and strip club in the Northeast before carrying out their mass-murderous mission?

We know that President Obama’s preferred method of dealing with America’s enemies is to terminate them with extreme prejudice—preferably by Predator drone, Navy SEALs a close second—and we salute him for that. (If a couple of wedding parties are mistaken for jihadist book groups and “accidentally” vaporized, just put your hat over heart and say you’re powerful sorry.)

If deprived the pleasure of a Hellfire missile or two in the head, however, Obama would settle for a show trial from out of the Cultural Revolution in lower Manhattan. But this? KSM middle-fingering us without consequence? That’s gotta be eating up Obama inside. We all know that in any other country, he’d get 70% of the vote—but in America and within Al Qaeda, he has to endure these indignities.

Me, on the other hand, I love it. The Gitmo Five can drop trou (or robe) and defecate in the middle of the courtroom for all I care. KSM can grope the female lawyers in their hijabs and say “How ’bout abaya drink?” He may make a farce out of the proceedings, but after his scrupulously fair military tribunal, we’ll get the last laugh at the firing squad.

Just swallow the popcorn before laughing. No choking on the concessions.

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Ordure in the Court

Khalid Sheikh Jacobi (or O’Donnell, you decide) gets his day in court: hilarity ensues:

Silence from accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others resulted in delays during their arraignment Saturday in Guantanamo Bay.

A hearing before a military judge that could have lasted minutes instead stretched into hours.

It is Mohammed and four others’ first appearance in a military courtroom since being charged a month ago.

Along with Mohammed, the others are Walid Muhammad Salih Mubarak Bin ‘Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, and Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi.

The silence from the defendants — some ignored the judge and others appeared to be reading — slowed the proceedings to a crawl.

One of the defendants was brought in, in restraints, after refusing to come to court. The restraints were later removed.

The judge, Col. James Pohl, needed the five to confirm their desires to be represented by the attorneys who accompanied them. Because no one answered, Pohl had to go one-by-one and appoint military lawyers for them.

Earlier, the silence caused an issue with the court translations.

Mohammed’s lawyer said that his client “will decline to communicate with the court.”

Because they wouldn’t speak, the judge could not confirm that the defendants could hear the translation of the proceedings. Time elapsed while they set up loudspeakers in the court to carry the translations. Some lawyers objected to this solution, too, and translation remained a problem at the outset of the hearing.
Pohl said he would enter a not guilty plea on Mohammed’s behalf if he refused to enter a plea.

Two of the defendants, Bin ‘Attash and Binalshibh, started praying in the court.

The defendants’ silence was finally broken hours into the hearing by Binalshibh, who shouted in heavily accented English: “You may not see us anymore,” he said. “They are going to kill us.”

The outburst was short and the judge proceeded with the arraignment.

During recesses, the defendants talked amongst each other and seemed relaxed. They passed around a copy of The Economist magazine.

Mohammed wore a white turban; his long beard was colored red by henna.

From another account:

Yemeni defendant Ramzi Binalshibh knelt on the gray-carpeted courtroom floor and prayed as a row of burly guards in camouflage uniforms kept a close watch but did not interfere. Later he stood and shouted, and seemed to be saying that the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was being held at Guantanamo.

He said tricks were being played on the defendants inside the prison camp and that “maybe they are going to kill us at the camp … and say that we are committing suicide.”

Yemeni defendant Walid bin Attash refused to come into the court and was strapped into a restraining chair and wheeled in by the guards. His prosthetic leg was brought in later.

Ha! That could come from a stage direction from Ionesco or maybe Joe Orton.

But I can’t decide which image makes me laugh harder: the peg leg being brought in later; the praying and then braying about Muammar Qaddafi; the badass terrorists reading the house organ of the establishment, The Economist; or KSM’s hennaed beard. Carol’s right: that’s definitely more Rosie O’Donnell than Lou Jacobi. So’s his attitude and behavior.

It just goes to show you how wrong Holder and Obama were to want to hold a civilian show trial. Besides the obscenity against the American justice system such a kangaroo court would have been, we would have missed this epic farce. It’s going to run for years.

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About That Kinder, Gentler Muslim Brotherhood

Not so kind, not so gentle:

Following are excerpts from an interview with Ali Abd Al-Fattah, a Muslim Brotherhood leader in Egypt, which aired on Palestine Today TV on February 19, 2012:

The time has come for the entire Egyptian and Arab people to unite against the Zionist-American enterprise. We can do without all the foreign aid and dictates, and we can liberate Palestine from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea, by means of our determination and our capabilities.

[…]

Egypt was isolated from the Arab camp. The time has come for restoring Arab unity and reestablishing Arab interests, and for Israel and the US to stop meddling in the Arab world, because the Camp David Accords have brought us nothing but disasters. The time will come when all the Arab peoples will strive to realize their aspirations, and Arab Jerusalem – both East and West Jerusalem – will become the capital of the State of Palestine, the accursed Jews will return to wherever they came from, and all the Palestinian rights will be restored, like the Right of Return of the refugees, and the Arab land will be completely cleansed from Zionist filth.

You ever notice how obsessed the Arab smack-talkers are with filth? And microbes? Like they want to wash their hands every three minutes? I wonder what that’s all about? Freud would wonder how things went during their toilet training.

No such problems for this guy:

Following are excerpts from an interview with Adel Al-Gazzar, a former Guantanamo inmate, which aired on Al-Rahma TV on February 16, 2012:

Interviewer: You said that some American soldiers in Guantanamo would cry and send letters to their mommies and girlfriends…

Adel Al-Gazzar: Right.

Interviewer: The American soldier looks strong, but is he really that strong?

Adel Al-Gazzar: Like the poet said, he has the body of a mule and the dreams of a bird. Some brothers even wrote a poem that goes: “This American, the real idiot. He resembles a donkey, in body and in stupidity.” This is just one part. This poem had many stanzas. He is a real idiot, and he resembles a donkey in his body and stupidity. Indeed, they have awesome bodies. They practice sports, and have muscles out to here, like Rambo. The US soldier thinks he’s a Rambo. The cinema has made him believe that. But the truth is that he is no Rambo.

[...]

The US soldier cannot fight at all. During the first Gulf War, the Egyptian and the Syrian armies moved in, and the Americans stayed behind. When it was all over and all the “dispensable” soldiers killed or wounded, the Americans would come and take pictures.

[...]

They would serve us breakfast that does not suit our nature. They would give you cornflakes and yogurt. People, we want falafel and broad beans… That stuff doesn’t cut it for us. It would never fill us.

No offense, Adel, but it would take a lot of falafel and broad beans to fill you up. You look like you survived just fine on corn flakes and yogurt. That diet served Americans well enough for those “idiot donkeys” to have captured and held your sorry a** for the better part of a decade.

Here’s a poem for you:

Corn flakes are golden,
Yogurt is white.
They’re all you can eat
When you’ve no teeth left to bite.

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How FOS is the Left?

You’d probably need the Grand Coulee Dam to hold back all their crap, but just a demonstration (I hate to use the word “taste”):

“We used to be able to blame the Bush administration for Guantánamo,” writes The Nation’s David Cole in the hard-left magazine. No kidding! In case you’ve forgotten–we hear a lot less about the place these days–Guantanamo is a U.S. naval base in Cuba where the Pentagon set up a detention facility for terrorists not long after the 9/11 attacks. As Cole notes, the anti-antiterror left loved to vilify George W. Bush for his detention policies.

But Bush left office just under three years ago, and the Guantanamo detention facility was to have been shuttered a year later. Somehow that didn’t happen. So whom are we to blame now?

The obvious answer would be whoever replaced Bush as president. But to hear Cole tell it, that office is now vacant: “Although the executive, legislative and judicial branches are all deeply implicated in the ongoing injustice, we can’t really lay the blame on the government. Guantánamo is our problem as citizens.”

Let me employ one of those extremely irritating internet acronyms: ROTFLMAO. Or as the Brits say (write), PSML.

When did that happen, I wonder? When did Gitmo become my fault? Or credit, as I would say, as it’s served its purpose brilliantly? If you blinked, you missed the transfer of responsibility. BTW, did you know that Obama (well, you and me, I guess) hasn’t released anyone in eight months? Not one little terrorist wannabe or goatherd caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. The guest list is at 171 and holding. Given the recidivism rate of released detainees, the remaining must be some pretty butch dudes.

Amnesty International knows—and they’re pissed:

On the 10th anniversary of the first detainees being transferred to Guantánamo, Amnesty International is calling on President Obama to end detentions at this notorious US prison and bring to an end this systemic attack on human rights.

Despite President Obama’s pledge to close the Guantánamo detention facility by 22 January 2010, 171 men were being held there in mid-December 2011. At least 12 of those transferred to Guantánamo on 11 January 2002 were still held there. One of them is serving a life sentence after being convicted by a military commission in 2008. None of the other 11 has been charged.

Events on 11 January 2012
Amnesty International supporters are marking the 10th anniversary with a series of events across the world. This includes a human chain in orange jump suits stretching from the White House to Capitol Hill in Washington DC.

Will they pick up litter along the highway while they’re at it?

I highlighted the word “despite” because it really should read “because”. Obama made many “pledges” during the campaign he hasn’t lived up to because he had no intention of living up to them. But he made them all the same because he doubted many would really care beyond the pledge itself. We wanted him to tell us the seas would stop rising even if we knew he was full of it for saying so (in fact, because we knew). He was as empty and vacuous as we were: a perfect reflection of ourselves in the White House.

David Corn(hole) is right that we have “a problem as citizens”, only it’s Obama, not Gitmo.

PS: You know what else I think is my fault? The Islamist Spring. I accidently farted when I sneezed about nine months ago—that never happens, I swear—and the next thing you know the whole Mahgreb is up in flames. I didn’t mean anything by it, but those people can be awfully sensitive, some of them. My bad.

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A Bet On Guantanamo

Back in 2009, University of Wisconsin law prof, Ann Althouse, bet a typical liberal sap that Obama would not be closing Guantanamo.

- Aggie

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Six Flags Guantanamo

You know where the original intel came from about where Osama was hiding?

The compound was uncovered after years of effort by the CIA, which had been gathering leads on individuals in bin Laden’s inner circle, including his couriers. Some of their names were provided by al-Qaida members captured by the U.S.

“One courier in particular had our constant attention,” said a second senior administration official, who declined to release his name, but described him as a “protege” of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged architect of the 9/11 attacks who was captured in Pakistan in March 2003 and is in U.S. custody at Guantanamo.

The CIA positively identified the courier four years ago and two years ago identified areas of Pakistan where the courier and his brother were operating. But because they employed such tight operations security, the agency was unable to pinpoint their residence until last year.

The captured al-Qaida members only knew the courier’s nom de guerre, but they told U.S. intelligence officers that he was “one of the few … trusted by bin Laden,” and that the pair might be living together, he continued.

The courier and his brother were tracked to a massive, palatial compound built in 2005 at the end of a dirt road in an isolated and “affluent” suburb of Abbottabad favored by retired Pakistani military officers, said the second senior administration official, who added that it was believed that the residence was constructed specifically for bin Laden.

Specifically

But about four years ago, CIA agents managed to identify one of his most trusted couriers after a detainee at Guantanamo Bay gave them his nickname.

That dates back to the Bush administration, so credit to him as well as Obama.

But what was Obama doing talking about shutting Gitmo? It was one thing to make rash, irresponsible promises as a candidate—but he would have learned as early as the transition that we were holding bad-a**, intelligence-rich, mother[bleepers] there. Any palaver after the inauguration about mothballing the place was dishonest.

Big surprise.

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I’m Glad That’s Settled

Civilian trials for Ali McBeal and all the other Gitmo freaks.

Transplanting them stateside to serve their time next to Otis the drunk in Andy Taylor’s Mayberry jail cell.

Sending them back to their home turf, either to face an eternity of grueling torture or to have them re-up with their Islamist pals, rearmed with an AK-47.

Military tribunals for one and all!

Brilliant idea, sir. Only one as clean and articulate (and well-tailored!) as your good self could have divined such a masterly stratagem.

No one has done more to revive the reputation of Bush-era antiterror policies than the Obama Administration. In its latest policy reversal, yesterday Mr. Obama said the U.S. would resume the military tribunals for Guantanamo terrorists that he unilaterally suspended two years ago, and he may even begin referring new charges to military commissions within days or weeks.

On a conference call yesterday, senior Administration officials tried to sell their military commissions process as more “credible” than Mr. Bush’s, but their policy changes are de minimis. In 2009, Congress made technical reforms for handling testimony and classified information. By executive order, a new panel will now also conduct a “periodic review” of detentions. But the bipartisan Military Commissions Act of 2006, or MCA, had already included “administrative review boards” dedicated to the same goal.

The White House yesterday also stressed its commitment to civilian terror prosecutions going forward, but that also doesn’t mean much. Last year the Democratic Congress barred funding for transferring enemy combatants from Gitmo to the U.S., and that won’t change with a Republican House.

The real news here is the final repudiation of Attorney General Eric Holder’s attempt to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other 9/11 plotters as criminal defendants on U.S. soil. The killers at Guantanamo will now be brought to justice via a process that the President once depicted as akin to the Ministry of Love in “1984.” On the campaign trail in 2008, Mr. Obama claimed that Mr. Bush “runs prisons which lock people away without ever telling them why they’re there or what they’re charged with.”

In an August 2007 speech that his advisers touted at the time, Mr. Obama promised to repeal this “legal framework that does not work.” He even claimed that Bush policies undermined “our Constitution and our freedom” and that the Bush Administration had pressed a “false choice between the liberties we cherish and the security we demand,” a line he recycled in his Inaugural Address. He went out of his way to vote against the Military Commissions Act.

So much for all that.

Sorry, I dozed off there for a minute. Progressive droning does that to a person.

The left is described as outraged, but the left can kiss my left butt cheek. You guys know how to protest, how to make threatening and offensive signs, how to soil and pollute a public place of government with your Slim Jim wrappers, your Mountain Dew six-packs, your ear wax, and your BO (and that’s just the ladies!). If you’re outraged, I can’t hear you.

I said, I CAN’T HEAR YOU!!!

And no, drafting Dennis Kucinich to run in the primaries does not count as an appropriate response. I know outrage when I see it, and I used to see it in Cindy Sheehan’s plain mug, in the third chin of Michael Moore, and in the day-glo irradiance of Code Pink. If it weren’t so derogatory to pansies, I’d liken your flaccid response to that particular species of flora.

Well done, President Obama. We look forward to the resumption of waterboarding at your earliest convenience.

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No Way, José

I’ll give you the link, and excerpt the story, but I think this story is, if not complete bull[bleep], largely bull[bleep]:

New documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union show “unjustified homicide” of detainees and concerns about the condition of confinement in U.S.-run prisons in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, according to the ACLU.

Thousands of documents detailing the deaths of 190 U.S. detainees were released by the ACLU on Friday. The U.S. military gave the ACLU the documents earlier in the week as a result of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed by the rights group.

Among the documents are autopsy reports and military investigations, including 25 to 30 cases the ACLU says it believes are “unjustified homicide.” Some of the homicides in the documents are widely known and have been reported in the media, such as the case of four Iraqi detainees executed by a group of U.S. soldiers and then pushed into a Baghdad canal in 2007.

Others are thought by the ACLU to be new. In one such case, a detainee was killed by an unnamed sergeant who walked into a room where the detainee was lying wounded “and assaulted him … then shot him twice thus killing him,” one of the investigating documents says. The sergeant than instructed the other soldiers present to lie about the incident. Later, the document says an unnamed corporal then shot the deceased detainee in the head after finding his corpse.

This is the same military that whitewashed Allahu Akbar from the Nidal Hassan massacre. The same military that bends over backwards to respect Muslim sensibilities, and feeds these vermin (musn’t editorialize, BTL!) three squares a day of their favorite foods (no Lucky Charms for them, oh no!) is now alleged to be blowing off heads like its Mortal Kombat.

We’ll see.

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Gitmo 101

You’d think you wouldn’t need to be told not to p**s in the milk:

Following are excerpts from an interview with Walid Muhammad Hajj a Sudanese released from Guantanamo Prison, which aired on Al-Jazeera TV on December 12, 2010:

Walid Muhammad Hajj: Yes. The most common method to wear down the brothers was witchcraft.

Interviewer: How did they do this?

Walid Muhammad Hajj: There were, of course, Jews among the [staff of] the Guantanamo Base, and they would set traps for the guys.

Interviewer: Give me an example of witchcraft.

Walid Muhammad Hajj: Witchcraft was used on most of the guys.

Interviewer: They would cast a spell on them?

Walid Muhammad Hajj: Yes, but by the grace of Allah, through frequent reading of the Koran and invocation of the names of Allah, they managed to withstand this.

Interviewer: How did you know that somebody was under a spell?

Walid Muhammad Hajj: Someone like that would change.

Interviewer: In what way?

Walid Muhammad Hajj: … I remembered an incident with a guy who sat next to me in the morning. When they brought the milk, he began to urinate into the milk.

Interviewer: In front of you?

Walid Muhammad Hajj: Yes. I said to him: “Why are you urinating in the milk?” That’s when we knew that he was under a spell. After he had recovered a little, after we read Koranic verses to him, he said to me: “The birds on the barbed wire would talk to me, and tell me to urinate in the milk. When the guards pass by my cell, the sound made by their pants talks to me.”

Interviewer: They tell him to urinate in the milk?

Walid Muhammad Hajj: Yes.

These people live in the Dark Ages. They may have 21st century weaponry, but they live in the Dark Ages.

If you need more proof:

Interviewer: Did they ever use witchcraft on you?

Walid Muhammad Hajj: There was one attempt.

Interviewer: How did they do it?

Walid Muhammad Hajj: Once, when I was sleeping – on the floor, not on a bed – I suddenly felt that a cat was trying to penetrate me. It tried to penetrate me again and again. I recited the kursi verse again and again until the cat left.

Interviewer: But there wasn’t really any cat there?

Walid Muhammad Hajj: Absolutely not.

A cat that wasn’t there tried to penetrate him, but failed. Paging Dr. Freud!

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Gitmo Forever

We can ask, they can tell—and we can all keep waterboarding.

I couldn’t be happier!

The Obama administration is preparing an executive order that would formalize indefinite detention without trial for some detainees at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but allow those detainees and their lawyers to challenge the basis for continued incarceration, U.S. officials said. …

However, almost every part of the administration’s plan to close Guantanamo is on hold, and it could be crippled this week if Congress bans the transfer of detainees to the United States for trial and sets up steep hurdles to the repatriation or resettlement in third countries of other detainees.

What a wonderful decision. Thank you, President Bush.

Whoops! My bad.

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Justice Obama Style

It’s a very precious commodity… because there’s so little of it!

The Obama administration has shelved the planned prosecution of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the alleged coordinator of the Oct. 2000 suicide attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, according to a court filing.

The decision at least temporarily scuttles what was supposed to be the signature trial of a major al-Qaeda figure under a reformed system of military commissions. And it comes practically on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the attack, which killed 17 sailors and wounded dozens when a boat packed with explosives ripped a hole in the side of the warship in the port of Aden.

In a filing this week in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the Justice Department said that “no charges are either pending or contemplated with respect to al-Nashiri in the near future.”

The statement, tucked into a motion to dismiss a petition by Nashiri’s attorneys, suggests that the prospect of further military trials for detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has all but ground to a halt, much as the administration’s plan to try the accused plotters of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in federal court has stalled.

With the 10th anniversary of the Cole bombing approaching on Oct. 12, relatives of those killed in the attack expressed deep frustration with the delay.

“After 10 years, it seems like nobody really cares,” said Gloria Clodfelter, whose 21-year-old son, Kenneth, was killed on the Cole.

Only two cases are moving forward at Guantanamo Bay, and both were sworn and referred for trial by the time Obama took office.

If justice delayed is justice denied, what on earth is Obama’s Justice Department doing? I mean, doing at all? They’re not prosecuting the New Black Panthers for voter intimidation, they’re not prosecuting the Cole bombers for murdering 17 American sailors—so what are they doing?

Oh, this. Well, okay then.

A second trial for Rod R. Blagojevich, the ousted governor of Illinois, is expected to start in January, but he will no longer be tried alongside his older brother.

Prosecutors dropped charges against his brother, Robert Blagojevich, on Thursday because, they said, he had less of a role in the federal corruption case. Robert Blagojevich, a Tennessee businessman who moved to Chicago in 2008 to handle fund-raising for his brother, had been charged with four criminal counts, including attempted extortion and bribery conspiracy.

The surprise announcement came during the first hearing in the case since the corruption trial ended last week with the jury finding the former governor guilty on one count of making false statements to the F.B.I. The jurors were deadlocked on 23 other counts.

The presiding judge, James B. Zagel, said during the hearing that he planned to start the retrial the first week of January.

And once that’s concluded, I’m sure they’ll get right on that Cole case. March, April at the latest.

We certainly wouldn’t agree with this fellow:

“It’s politics at this point,” said one military official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss policy.

I’m not saying Blago isn’t a dirtbag who deserves to go to jail. He probably is. And I love a circus as much as anyone. But some of our national security agents thought Nashiri enough of a danger to (allegedly) threaten him with a power drill and a gun. On the basis of that alone, ought not his case be addressed at the earliest opportunity?

What is the laughingly-named Justice Department playing at?

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Thrusts Bamboo Shoots Under the Nails and Leaves

No such thing as a slow news day with this bunch of nitwits in the White House.

What would we bloggers do without them?

The United States said on Monday it had transferred two men held at its military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba for nearly 8 years to Algeria and Cape Verde, and rights groups said the one sent home to Algeria was transferred against his will and could be abused there.

The transfers announced by the Pentagon of Abdul Aziz Naji to Algeria and Abd-al-Nisr Mohammed Khantumani to the island of Cape Verde in West Africa bring the number of remaining detainees at Guantanamo to 178, down from 245 when U.S. President Barack Obama took office last year.

Naji’s case has been closely watched because he is the first detainee to be involuntarily repatriated by the Obama administration, according to Human Rights Watch. Other detainees who feared persecution at home were resettled in “safe” third countries, the group said.

First, the numbers: in 18 months in office, President Obama has repatriated 67 detainees—fewer than four a month. In a post last year, I determined that President Bush released an average of 6.3 detainees a month, making Omoeba’s rate only about 60% of Bush’s. In fact, at 3.7 detainees a month sent packing, Omoeba won’t fulfill his promise to close Guantanamo for another four years—and he’s already six months into his broken promise!

We conservatives are pretty clear how and why we don’t like this guy—his bright idea to move these sworn enemies of the state stateside being just one of myriad reasons. But what about liberals? We know they’d rather forget, but wasn’t closing Gitmo high on their list of priorities? And isn’t sending prisoners back to the torture chambers of their own countries against whatever principles they hold?

Get this:

Naji, who has been held at Guantanamo since 2002, had told his lawyers that he did not want to return to Algeria under any circumstances because he feared persecution from the Algerian government and Islamist militants there.

The U.S. government had alleged that he belonged to the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group in Pakistan, but the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights said he has “long been cleared of any connection with terrorism.”

“We are deeply concerned that he will disappear into secret detention and face the threat of persecution by terrorist groups in Algeria,” said the center, which has represented many Guantanamo detainees.

“He bears no ill will toward the Algerian government, but fears that it will be unable to protect him from extremists in Algeria,” it added in a statement.

In court filings, the U.S. government countered that Algeria’s human rights record has improved significantly over the past decade and that the government had promised to treat returned detainees humanely, according to Human Rights Watch.

Ha! Sure. I’ll bet Algeria is just a regular Berkeley, California now.

And what exactly is HRW’s opinion: that Algeria is a latter day Spanish Inquisition or a letter day Romper Room? Forget it, I withdraw the question. I couldn’t care less.

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